We have now completed both phases of our project to replace almost a mile of faulty water mains in Lower Road and the A2. 

These pipes have burst several times, causing discoloured water or loss of supply. Work was carried out in two phases:

Phase B - 2 January 2020

All temporary traffic lights are now down and we have left the site after succesfully installing the main in A2 London Road.

 

Phase A - 5 August 2019

Lower Road was closed in sections between Frognal Lane and Station Road from 13 August 2019 and we were able to complete this part of the water main replacement scheme six weeks ahead of schedule in November 2019.

During Phase A we were also able to arrange for the drains on Lower Road to be cleared after being made aware of previous occurances of flooding in the road. 

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Progress updates

Tuesday 1 September: 

Last week we cleared away our storage area, completed the reinstatement of the road and the scheme is now completed. 

Monday 17 August:

Last week we reinstated the carriageway from the installing of the new main as well as transferring 15 customers onto the new main in the road.

Monday 10 August:

We completed the crossing of the road and connected the new main to our existing network, as well as chlorinating and testing the main. 

Monday 3 August: 

Last week we cut 80 metres of the road surface away in the A2 in preparation to dig out ready to install the new main. 

Monday 20 July: 

Last week we reinstated 90 metres of road surface on the A2 and we now move onto our final section in the road. 

Monday 13 July:

Our previous road closure of Frognal Lane was lifted on 6 July and motorists are able to use this junction again. 

Last week we completed the transfer of six customers' supplies onto the new main. 

Photo update:

Take a peek at one of our team members on site, who has been connecting customer supplies to the new main installed along the A2. 

Wednesday 25 June:

To date we have laid a total of 530 metres of new water main which has brought us to the junction of the A2 and Frognal Lane.

It has become clear at this junction that vehicles, especially larger vans and lorries, are having trouble manoeuvring this junction. As such, we have reviewed our traffic management and believe that the best way to deal with this is to close Frognal Lane at this junction while we cross with the new main.

The closure will be in place from Monday 29 June – Monday 6 July and will protect the public and our workforce as we continue our works. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout the duration of the road closure.

We appreciate residents' and businesses' patience and cooperation during these improvement works.  

Monday 22 June: 

Last week we finished preparing 10 customers' services to be connected to the new pipe and we completed 80 metres of 'top cutting' of the road ready for the trench to be dug out. 

Monday 15 June: 

Now that we have moved onto our next 100 metre section we will be preparing the customers' supplies ready to connect to the new main, at the end of this week we will be taking the top layer of road surface off the road ready for the trench to be dug. 

Monday 8 June:

From tomorrow we will be moving along to our next 100 metre section which spans the Frognal Lane junction, three-way traffic lights will be in operation during this time. 

Monday 1 June:

We excavated 36 metres of trench to reach the end of our current working area, 86 metres of new main was also installed taking our total amount of main laid up to 530 metres. We have also pressure tested this section, we will now be moving on to connect 22 customers' supplies up to the new main.

Monday 25 May:

We have installed 20 metres of new main in our current 100 metre section and excavated a further 50 metres of trench. This week we hope to complete a further 80 metres of main laying to complete this section.

Monday 11 May: 

Last week we completed the reinstatement of the footpath and moved the site up a further 100 metres. 

There was a leak on the existing old water main that was repaired over three nights and had no impact on the progression of the project. 

This week we will be concreting the trenches in the road and reinstating them.

Monday 4 May: 

Last week we successfully completed the pressure test, chlorination, and a sample taken from the new main has passed. We also transferred 19 customers' supplies to the new main and concrete 100 metres of trench, ready to be reinstated this week alongside the footpath reinstatement. 

We will be preparing to move the site up to the next 100 metre section. 

Monday 27 April: 

We installed a further 106 metres of water main last week which has successfully passed its pressure test. This week we will be chlorinationg this section of main and also we will prepare nine customers' supplies to be connected to the new main. 

Tuesday 21 April:

Last week we took off 100 metres of the road surface ready for the trench digging to begin, which we aim to finish this week. We will also be welding together 100 metres of new main to be installed into this section of trench. 

Tuesday 14 April:

We have prepared 10 more customers' supplies ready to connect up to the new main and we have completed the reinstatement of the previous 10 connections. This week we will be top cutting a further 100 metres of road surface as we move onto the next 100 metre section. 

Tuesday 7 April:

This week we will be connecting 10 more customers' supplies to the new water main and we will backfill, and reinstate the road surface at these locations as well as making the site safe for the long bank holiday weekend.

Monday 27 April: 

Last week we installed 100 metres of new pipe and has been pressure tested. This week we will be chlorinating this section and prepping nine customers' supplies ready to connect to the new main. 

Monday 20 April: 

We have completed the top cutting of the current 100 metre section and will be digging the trench, ready to lay another 100 metres of new water main. 

Monday 13 April: 

We have compelted the 10 customer connections last week and have now reinstated the footpath and the carriageway. We will begin to top cut the next 100 metre section this week. 

Monday 6 April: 

This week we will be digging out the footpath and the road to connect 10 customers' supplies to the new main and we will be making the site safe for the long weekend. 

Monday 30 March: 

This week we will be connecting more customers' supplies to the new water main, then we will reinstate this working area before moving onto the next section. From Thursday this week we will be taking the top layer off the carriageway ready to dig next week. 

Monday 23 March:

We laid approximately 100 metres of new main last week bringing our total to 320 metres laid on the A2. We will be testing and chlorinating this section before preparing customers' services to be connected to the new main. 

Monday 9 March: 

This week we will be reinstating our current working section of the A2 back to its original state before moving out traffic lights up to the next section which will include 3-way lights at the junction of the A2 and Frognal Lane.

Monday 2 March: 

Last week we installed 112 metres of new water main which has now been tested and disinfected. We will be connecting this section of new main to the network on Wednesday night (4 March). Once complete we aim to move along to the next section. 

Monday 24 February:

After moving along to the next section last week, we have succesfully laid another 100 metres of water main and will be testing and chlorinating the new pipe this week. Once testing is complete and customer supply pipes are connected to the new main we will move along to the next 100 metre section. 

Monday 17 February: 

We have moved our working site along another 100 metres after completing all customer connections on the previous section. We now have three way traffic lights set up at the junction of Lynstead Lane and the A2 London Road. 

Monday 3 February: 

Last week we installed 100 metres of new water main and this week we will be connecting customer supplies to the new main. 

Monday 6 January 2020: 

Phase B has started

We have now started work on the second phase of our scheme as we replace 700 metres of old water main along the A2. Temporary traffic lights have now been installed and will be  manually operated for the duration of the work. 

Thursday 14 November 2019:  

Phase A now complete 

We are pleased to announce that phase A of our engineering scheme in Teynham has completed six weeks earlier than expected. 

Project Manager, Jeremy Dufour said: “I’m glad we have been able to complete phase one well ahead of schedule.

“Our contractor, Clancy Docwra, has worked extremely hard to complete the water main replacement project much earlier than planned."

The storage area we used for the duration of our work in Lower Road will remain in place to help support the next phase which starts in January on London Road/A2.

This section will take place between the junctions of Station Road and Claxfield Road along the A2 London Road and is expected to take 9 months to complete.

Tuesday 13 August

Following our drop-in session at the end of last month, we’ve spoken to Kent Highways following a number of questions from customers and parish councillors to the upcoming works on the A2. We are working closely with them to plan this work in a way that will minimise disruption.

Working hours

Kent Highways have requested us to work six days a week, 7.30am – 6pm Mon – Friday and 8am – 4pm Saturday.

Generally, traffic lights will be in place for no more than a 100-metre stretch to minimise delays but we are reviewing the requirements as part of the planning of this project.

Other roadworks in Teynham and Sittingbourne

Kent Highways has confirmed that other roadworks taking place on the A2 in Sittingbourne and more locally in the village will not affect the start date of our works.

If there is a planned or emergency closure of the M2, they will ask us to remove our traffic lights on the A2 if it is safe to do so, or if not, then to manually control the lights to ease the flow of traffic.

Local roadworks planned by UK Power Networks in Teynham will be allowed to go ahead only if minimal traffic management will be used.

Lower Road flooding

We’ve let Kent Highways know that many residents at our information evening reported that the drains on Lower Road are prone to flooding and that we'd be happy to accommodate their drain cleaning at the same time as our work. 

We’ll keep residents updated if we hear more details from the highways team.

Vegetation clearance on Frognal Lane and Lower Road

Following feedback from customers about overgrown hedges making the road narrower, Highways will pass this onto their operations teams to plan this work in.

Monday 5 August

Work began today as planned, with Lower Road closed as we replace the pipe in this area.

 

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